The coroner Friday released the name of a 24-year-old man shot to death by Bell Gardens police while allegedly attacking his 33-year-old step-father with a knife inside their home.
He was Martin Lopez and his city of residence was not available, coroner’s Lt. Nani Cholakians said.
Bell Gardens police were called a little before 10:20 p.m. Wednesday to the 5900 block of Loveland Street regarding a family disturbance, said Deputy Armando Viera Jr. of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau.
Officers came upon a man who had become agitated, Viera said. The suspect now identified as Lopez ran into a home, where he then allegedly attacked his step-father with a knife, Viera said.
“Police officers chased the suspect into the home and while the suspect was stabbing his step-father with the knife, an officer-involved shooting occurred,” he said.
The suspect was struck by gunfire at least once in the upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 33-year-old stabbing victim was taken to an area hospital where his vital signs were stable. No officers were injured in the incident.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
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